Rafael Guendelman Hales is a chilean artist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) and with a Master degree in Situated Practice at University College London (UCL). He has a diploma in Film Theory (PUC) on Contemporary Arab World at Universidad de Chile.
Rafael’s work has focus on the research of certain contexts and stories, and the relation of humans with their territory in constructing identities. In that sense, the projects have been linked to both political and social processes, and to personal memories and marginal events; and how they can be thought through art.
He completed a residency at ZK/U (Center for Art and Urbanistics of Berlin) and at Laznia in Gdansk, Poland. He has participated in different exhibitions and video festivals both in Chile and abroad, such as: Chilean Architecture Biennale; Chilean Media art Biennale, Todo va a estar bien, Metales Pesados Gallery; Visiones Territoriales, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago; Sin tierra, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende y Parque Cultural de Valparaíso; II Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires; Influjos, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago; Planisferio, Matucana 100, Santiago; Un esquimal con un zorro blanco que acaba de cazar, Casa de las Américas, La Habana; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Annexation Wall: 10 years too long, Al-ma’al Lab, Jerusalem and Dar-Al Kalima, Bethlehem.
Rafael has received the National Art Funds of Chile (FONDART) several times; the Art Funding of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DIRAC) and the National Scholarship for Master Studies (CONICYT).